An Iowa woman attacked a reporter on camera on Tuesday, unleashing a torrent of racial slurs and, at one point, grabbing her.
KCCI reporter Emmy Victor was delivering a broadcast across the street from the scene of an officer-involved shooting that happened Monday in Boone, Iowa, when the woman approached, apoplectic and screaming. You can watch that horrific scene play out above, but suffice to say Victor maintained a superhuman degree of poise during the ordeal.
The woman was identified as the mother of the man who was shot by officers on Monday night. Police were originally called to the scene after receiving reports of a man “threatening people with a gun.” When they arrived, the suspect drew a firearm from his waistband and refused to drop it. From KCCI:
DCI officials said after several minutes, the man raised his arm and aimed the gun at the officers and approached the officers. Officers engaged the subject and fired their weapons, hitting the man, according to DCI officials.
KCCI General Manager Brian Sather released a statement following Tuesday’s incident:
“The safety of our crews is critically important as they cover stories affecting our communities. This morning Emmy and Zach demonstrated the utmost professionalism in the face of a very difficult, emotionally-charged situation.”
Neither Victor, nor the photojournalist reporting with her, Zachary Hayes, were injured, though they were both “shaken up.” Understandable.